A global study of the increase in older people living alone.
The prevalence of living alone during later life varies widely throughout the world. This living arrangement, more widespread among women than men aged over 65, is one of the most visible characteristics of societal aging currently underway.
This paper analyses the extent to which completed fertility, and in particular childlessness, is a valid predictor of living alone at advanced ages, an increasingly important residential option in advanced societies with crucial implications for social policy design and the organization of welfare services. The most relevant aspect of the data presented here is that everywhere levels of non-famil